SciFi London’s Science Fiction themed 48 hour film challenge announced

Sci Fi London has announced its 2022 48 Hour Film Challenge. The free competition, which is open globally, challenges you to make a five-minute sci-fi short film in a weekend (10th – 12th September).

On the day of the challenge Sci Fi London give you the title of the film you will make, some dialogue that one of your characters must say to screen, and a list of props that must be seen in the film. You’re also given an optional scientific theme or idea… this could be nano-tech, cloning, gene-splicing… or something a little more “fringe”.

Once you have all your elements, you have until Monday morning to return the completed movie to Sci Fi London. Send it via the Internet (youtube, wetransfer, vimeo upload etc)… simples!

Why not have a go… the worst that can happen is you make a film in a weekend!

Here are last year’s Top Three films…

The Judges this year are Sonya Pemberton, one of Australia’s leading factual filmmakers and Emmy Award-winner and record-breaking five-time winner of the prestigious Eureka Prize for Science Journalism; film producer Elliot Grove, one of the UK’s most influential indie film promoters, and the founder of the Raindance Film Festival (celebrating 30 years) and the British Independent Film Awards (BIFAs); Paul Arion, Global Head of Layout for dNeg, a leader in the Visual FX industry, who has worked on films like Prometheus, Dune, and won two Academy Awards for Blade Runner 2049 and First Man; Christina Nowak, an expert in Virtual Production; Andrew Mark Sewell, founder of transmedia company B7 Media, a former senior BBC executive and now multi award-winning independent filmmaker and radio drama producer/director; and Simon Foster, the Festival Director of the Sydney SciFi Film Festival.

Find out more, check out previous winners and sign up now

Be sure to check out the full guidance on how the project works here

The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Explorer (previously known as Star Trek Magazine) and more. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of "Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies" for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.



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